It’s hot, humid, and rainy – must mean that the Florida summer is upon us. That means it is time to make sure that your backyard is safe and ready for fun! Follow this checklist to make sure that your backyard is ready for playtime or for have everyone over for some entertainment.
Eliminate Pest Without Posing A Health Risk
Nothing can ruin a backyard party quicker than ants and mosquitoes. You can reduce your need for pesticides if you invoke a few preventative measures. Routinely check for leak pipes, standing water, and be sure to clean up yard debris – all these things attract bugs and mosquitoes. There are also some pesticide free ways to discourage bugs such as sprinkling diatomaceous earth around the perimeter of your home, patio, or play area. Should you need to use pesticides, follow these rules:
Make Sure Everyone Knows Their Pool Safety, Even You
Sadly, nearly 800 children drown every year and about half are under the age of 5. Pool safety is one of the most important things to teach your children and should be reiterated often. Be sure to follow general pool safety to ensure you have a safe and fun time:
Look For Holes And Fill Them
Holes in the yard can be problematic, especially if you have a dog that likes to dig. Holes are a potential source for injuries for yourself, friends, and family. Perform a walkthrough of your back yard to check for any holes or dips that could cause someone to trip and fill them with dirt.
Test Playground Equipment
Playgrounds and outdoor play equipment don’t usually see a lot of use in winter months and neglected playsets can have some issues. Also, check the area around the playset to ensure pets or other critters have not been digging or making a home. With Florida, comes heavy rains which can cause the ground to become soft or washed out. Inspect the playground for any wobbling or loose hardware.
Review The Firepit
Whether you have a firepit already established at home or are considering building one, there are a few safety tips to ensure your night around the bonfire is enjoyable for all. You can read up on them here.
Inspect The Grill Before Using It
Like with playgrounds, grills can form issues from non-use. Before firing up the grill, do a thorough check and inspect for any leaks in your holes, mold under the lid or cover, or loose hardware.
Once your grill is clean and ready for use remember to employ general safety practices. Don’t step away from the grill and leave it unattended, and if you are using charcoals, make sure they have completely cooled before throwing them out. Read this article for more BBQ safety tips.